Speaking after the Tenant Fees Bill progressed through the House of Commons last night, Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said:
“Tenant fees are often unreasonable, lack transparency and make the upfront costs of moving extortionate. People should not be punished for moving home. That is why Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for a ban on tenant fees.
“While Government amendments did attempt to close the loopholes in this Bill, the language remains ambiguous on what constitutes a “reasonable cost”. Moreover, without sufficient funding, local authorities will struggle to enforce the ban.
“Progress can and must therefore be made on tenant rights. Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign for government-backed loans to help people afford a tenancy deposit, and for tighter regulation in the private rented sector to stop rogue landlords.”